When and how to plant mango

Mangoes produce edible fruits

El mango It is a fruit tree native to India, whose fruits are so delicious that, today, we can enjoy them even if we are on the other side of the pond. It is a plant that gives very good shade and does not require special care.

Its growth rate is fast, so much so that it is very necessary to know what dimensions it will have if we want to plant a mango, since this will avoid possible problems, such as the loss of plants. Follow our advice to plant a specimen in your garden.

When to plant mango?

Mango is a tree that is planted in spring

The ideal planting time is in spring, before it resumes its growth. In any case, it is important to know that this is a tree that does not resist frost, so its cultivation outdoors is only recommended in hot climates, with temperatures ranging between 35-38ºC maximum and 10ºC minimum.

For the rest, we will only have to water it two to three times a week, and fertilize it with organic fertilizers so that it produces a large amount of delicious fruits.

How to plant it?

El mango It is a plant that grows up to 30 meters in height, with a 6 meter crown. Thus, if we want to have several, it is best to leave a space between plants of 7-8 meters. In this way, all the specimens will grow without disturbing each other. To plant them, just follow this step by step:

  1. The first thing to do is the planting hole, which is recommended to measure 1m x 1m, although it may be smaller if the soil has good drainage.
  2. The earth is then mixed with 30% perlite and 10% of organic fertilizer.
  3. Once done, the hole is filled with the mixture enough so that the tree is more or less level with the ground.
  4. Then, the tree is planted, and it is finished filling.
  5. Finally, a tree is made so that the water stays on the plant, and it is watered.

If we live in an area where the wind blows regularly, it is highly advisable to put a guard on it so that it can grow straight.

How to plant mango in a pot?

Although it is not a tree that is recommended to grow in a pot, sometimes there is no choice.. Either because we do not have a garden, because the temperatures in winter are very low for it and we want to protect it, or because we are simply interested in having it on the patio or terrace, the truth is that it is a plant that can always be in a container and when pruned regularly.

For that, The first thing we will do is choose a large pot. It should be about 10-15 centimeters wider and taller than the one you are using right now, and have drainage holes. The material with which it is made is the least, but it is preferable that it be resistant plastic or terracotta.

The next step is to fill it with a growing medium for an urban garden (for sale here!), or if you prefer universal substrate (for sale here!). You have to add the amount that is necessary, taking into account that the tree should not be too low or too high. In fact, the ideal is that the surface of the root bread is 1-2 centimeters below the edge of the pot, since this will make better use of the water each time it is watered.

Then, the handle will be extracted from the pot in which it is, and it will be planted in the new one by placing it in the center of it. Afterwards, it will finish filling with substrate. And before watering, we will take it to the area where we want it to be.

How to plant mango?

Mango is a tropical fruit

If what you want to know is how to sow mango, that is, how to multiply it by seeds (remember that planting and sowing do not mean the same thing, as we explained in this article), the steps you must follow are the following:

  1. First, you must wait for spring to come and settle, since mango seeds need a temperature of at least 20ºC to germinate.
  2. Once the time has come, you can buy a mango at any greengrocer (better if it sells food from organic farming, since those that have seeds will have a better chance of germinating) and eat it.
  3. Then clean the seed well. You have to be very meticulous, and remove all the remaining pulp otherwise it will fill with fungus in a matter of a few days.
  4. Now, let it dry a bit for a couple of days. You can have it in the kitchen, in an open tupperware in the meantime.
  5. After that time, choose a wide pot, about 20 centimeters in diameter, and fill it with specific substrate for seedlings. Then water.
  6. Next, place the seed on the surface of the substrate and add copper powder to it. This will protect you from fungi.
  7. To finish, cover it with substrate and take the seedbed outside, in a sunny place.

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  1.   Juan Carlos said

    Good morning, I have bought a mango tree of about 60cm and I want to plant it in my garden, so to follow your advice could you explain to me what pearl is? and where can I buy, then what type of organic fertilizer is the most recommended. Thanks a lot.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Juan Carlos.
      Perlite is a widely used substrate to improve water drainage. You have more information here!.
      You can buy it at any nursery or garden store.

      With regard to organic compost, we recommend the guano.

      A greeting.

  2.   Anna Ozoz said

    I have a very young mang 1 meter or so high I would like to transfer it to a bigger pot. When should I do it?

    Thank you very much

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Anna.

      As the mango is an evergreen tree, it is made at the end of winter, when the lowest temperature is 15ºC or more.
      By the way, the transplant is only necessary if the roots come out through the holes in the pot, or if it has been in that pot for more than 3 years; If not, it is better to leave it where it is, otherwise it may not survive the transplant.

      Greetings.

  3.   Lady Diana Castillo said

    Hello. In my rosemary's pot a small Mango tree has grown, it arrived unexpectedly since the seed was put by my uncle because I suspect he was lazy to take it to the garbage and planted there hehehehe !!! They say that Romero is jealous and I am afraid that Señorito Mango will steal his energy and strength, my uncle never imagined that that little plant was going to be born there. When could I take it out of its comfort zone to transplant into another pot that I have prepared with compost soil with organic waste and sawdust? I appreciate your comments.

    1.    Monica Sanchez said

      Hello Lady Diana.

      Since rosemary is a strong plant, but not so much mango, it is best to transplant it in mid-spring. At the time of doing it, it is better that you remove both plants and that carefully, separate the mango and then plant it in its pot.

      Greetings.